Safia Darie is a 14 years old Londener. She is also an immigrant and a Somali Muslim. For 12 years, she has been living in a council estate with her mom and two brothers. Then the family receives word that Safia's father is alive and is about to reunite with them in England.
This news sends Safia into a tailspin. She worries how her father will react to the Westernized society his children are living in, how he will react to her wild brother Ahmed, and more importantly, how he will react to her. Her worst fears seem to become realized upon her father's arrival. Her mother has no time for her, her father expects her to wait on him hand and foot and Safia finds herself attracted to her cousin Firdous' westernized lifestyle.
Author Na'ima B. Robert has created nice novel about the struggles that many immigrant groups go through. It may be a little too "moral tale" at times, but that is not uncommon in this genre so you can't fault her for it. Robert treats her subject with respect and shows how immigration affects families and cultures. A good book for all teachers and libraries to pick up.
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